Mapping Across Disciplines: The Giant Ohio Map

Authors: Allison Young*, Sinclair Community College, Jacqueline Housel, Sinclair Community College
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: GIS, Interdisciplinary, Geography Education
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


This project tested the idea of combining low tech (floor map) and high tech (on-line GIS or appropriate on-line tool) resources to learn spatial concepts through a variety of topics. This work was initiated through an event with Dr. Rebecca Theobald, professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Theobald’s project introduces spatial concepts through using National Geographic’s giant state maps and on-line GIS through a reapportionment/redistricting lesson plan. We have since extended this work at Sinclair by partnering with faculty across the college to create interdisciplinary lesson plans using the Giant Ohio Map and on-line materials. Our primary goals are to (1) increase student engagement through a hands on activity, (2) increase interdisciplinary opportunities through mapping; (3) develop lesson plans that can be used throughout the college; (4) support outreach activities (i.e. Tech Prep, high schools, community). To that end, we have partnered with nine faculty from across the college to create lesson plans that can been implemented in classrooms and will be made available through the Teaching and Learning Center at Sinclair Community College.

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